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What do pigeons look like?

Pigeons are considered by many as the rodents of the bird world. They are dirty, spread diseases, and are often difficult to control. While some pigeons are domesticated birds, there are large populations of wild pigeons living across the United States in both rural and urban areas.

Physical features of a pigeon include:

  • Size approximately 11 to 15 inches in length

  • Color is light gray on the body, head, and shoulders

  • Two dark bars running across the wings and tails

  • Metallic colored feathers on the breast, neck, and head

pigeons on a step

Are pigeons dangerous?

Like rodents, pigeons carry and spread a lot of diseases that cause illness in humans. They also have a type of fungus that grows in their feces, which causes histoplasmosis. Pigeons introduce disease-causing parasites like ticks, mites, and fleas to the properties they take over.

In addition to spreading diseases, pigeons create other problems for Phoenix home and business owners. The pigeon’s nest and excrement damage structures like the roof eaves, gutters, electrical equipment, and ventilation systems. The droppings that pigeons leave behind build up on roofs and the ground below. The waste is unpleasant to look at, but can also create slip and fall hazards.

Why do I have a pigeon problem?

If food and shelter are available, pigeons will take advantage. These birds have come to rely on people for a lot of their basic needs. Pigeons breed throughout the year, with spring and fall being peak breeding seasons. In the wild, pigeons eat things like berries, vegetation, and small insects. Those living near people in urban areas feed on almost anything we do and are problematic around outdoor eating areas, trash cans, and garden areas.

Where will I find pigeons?

You will find pigeons living together in groups with an equal number of males and females as they are monogamous. Pigeons roost in a variety of places, including:

  • Barns, fields, and feed mills
  • Fields and parks
  • Warehouses, roofs of buildings, and space under bridges
  • Attics, garages, chimneys, and sheds

How do I get rid of pigeons?

Get rid of pigeons with the help of the eco-minded professionals at Green Home Pest Control. We are a local business able to meet the unique needs of home and business owners living in the Phoenix area.

Let us work with you to take the necessary steps to eliminate your current pigeon problem and stop them from returning. Our highly trained employees are committed to our customers, community, employees, and the environment. With more than 30 combined years of experience, we protect Phoenix area residential and commercial properties from pigeons and other pests. For more information about our pigeon control services, call us today.

How can I prevent pigeons in the future?

Use the following prevention tips to avoid problems with pigeons:

  • Clear out clogged gutters and remove birdbaths from your property to eliminate the pigeon’s easy access to water sources.
  • Remove bird feeders from your property and other sources of food. Keep lids on trash cans and compost bins.
  • Maintain garden areas, picking up fruits and vegetables that have fallen to the ground.
  • Use a motion-activated sprinkler system to deter pigeons from living or resting on your property.

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